|Musician, music teacher|
|1983 - Present|
The Unusual Suspects
|Members||David Macmillan (piano)
Conrad Ivitsky (double bass)
James MacIntosh (drums, percussion)
MacDonald started studying fiddle with Dr Tom Anderson MBE in 1981 at age 11 (she considers herself to be a late starter), was a founding member of Shetland's Young Heritage and won the Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year competition in 1983. In 1992 MacDonald won the "BBC Radio Two Young Tradition Award" and went on to study voice for four years at the Royal College of Music in London. After graduating she moved to the Borders area of Scotland to focus on her professional fiddle playing.
MacDonald is an active teacher with a passion for sharing her knowledge of traditional fiddle techniques and vernacular.  She now teaches on the BMus Folk degree at Newcastle University and has worked as a tutor on Scottish Music Degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and the Universities of Limerick and Stirling. Catriona regularly tutors at a variety of summer schools and residential courses including "Burwell Bash", "Shetland Fiddle Frenzy", "Folkworks" and "Blazin' in Beauly" (Blazin' Fiddles' own summer school).
1992 BBC Radio Two Young Tradition Award for Best Musician in Britain
Polls 2001 "Top 5 World Music Albums of the Year" fRoots Magazine 2001
"Top 10 Folk Albums of the Year 2000"
MOJO Magazine 2001 (Folk Album of the Month, April 2000)
MOJO Magazine 2001 Recognised artist "Album of the Year and Musician of the Year"
BBC2 Folk Awards 2001 (Included in the released compilation cd The Folk Awards on Topic records)
"Scottish Folk Album of the Year" CD NOW
Scottish Traditional Music Awards'
2004 Live Band (Blazin Fiddles)
2005 Album of the Year (Blazin Fiddles)